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Fake farmers' market

May 12th, 2012 at 09:10 pm

Fake? Really? How can a Farmer's Market be fake?
A few years ago we were at a local farmer's market. As I perused the green beans, the person at that table brought out a box to replenish the supply. The box looked strangely familiar -- very familiar in fact. It appeared to be the same box that our local grocery uses when stocking their vegetable bins.
I stepped back and watched. Other boxes were pulled out with other things like bell peppers, zucchini, etc. All seemed to be the same shape, same size. And the boxes -- all the same. The materials to divide seemed like the ones from the store.
I thought to myself -- this guy is a fake. He's purchased this stuff and is implying he grew it and selling it as his own. And he was charging far higher prices than the local supermarket.
Apparently it's not just happening in our little city, but other places as well. I read an article about these being scams.
Fortunately our local community college also hosts a farmer's market and I do think most of the folks who set up are bringing stuff they raised themselves.
Frankly, fake is frightening not to mention being a rip off when it comes to farmer's markets.
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5 Responses to “Fake farmers' market”

  1. patientsaver Says:

    I woudl definitely report that to someone, whoever is sponsoring the farmer's market. The town?

    It ruins it for everyone, both the customers and legitimate growers/farmers. Don't let them get away with that!

  2. baselle Says:

    We had a rash of these near Seattle a couple of years ago. Our public radio station was on it like white on rice.

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  3. Joan.of.the.Arch Says:

    Rrrgh....By the way, wouldn't most local produce in your area be greenhouse grown right now? I wonder how greenhouse green beans, bell peppers, and zucchini would be.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    That's just depressing. Our city has a farmer's market that anyone can participate in (for a fee) and we have a lot of organic farmers, but the prices there are so much higher that it is actually worth it to drive out to the farms (where it is cheaper even with the gas used to get there) than to buy it from the farmer's market where they are trying to earn back their fee.

  5. Jerry Says:

    I think that people like this need for their dishonesty to lead them to be banned from these markets. This is one of the reasons that I think it helps to develop a relationship with the REAL farmers who work at the markets, because you get to know them and you have some insurance of trust. What a complete tool that guy is, it makes me mad.

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